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Japan's Miyaraha, Mura grab leads at Lombardia

Americans Wang, Dornbush skate to second-place finishes in Milan
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Japan's Takahito Mura and Satoko Miyahara are in front after the short programs at the Lombardia Trophy. -Getty Images

Japan's Satoko Miyahara and Takahito Mura took the leads in their respective events Saturday at the Lombardia Trophy in Milan. New Russian team Vera Bazarova and Andrei Deputat finished first in the pairs short program. U.S. entrants are second in all three disciplines.

Ladies short program

Miyahara opened her short program to music from Mozart's The Magic Flute with the highest-scoring element of the event, a triple Lutz-triple toe worth 10.66 points. She went on to perform a trio of Level 4 spins and a Level 4 step sequence. The only misstep of the reigning Four Continents silver medalists' routine was an under-rotated triple flip, and she leads the competition with a score of 58.12.

Sitting in second with 54.88 points is Team USA's Angela Wang. Skating to a violin version of the Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black," Wang landed a triple Lutz-double toe and an excellent double Axel, but she stepped out of her triple loop. She is seeking the first senior international medal of her career.

Just 0.19 points behind Wang is Sweden's Joshi Helgesson, who skated a clean rendition of her "Black Bird" short. The program included a triple Lutz, triple toe-double toe and double Axel, and all three of her spins were rated Level 4. She is more than five points ahead of her older sister, Viktoria, who placed ninth.

American Hannah Miller came in seventh after falling on her triple flip in her Firebird short. She was awarded the second-highest program components mark of the day (25.68), behind only the elder Helgesson.

Men's short program

Mura fell out of his opening quad toe attempt in his Carmen short, but he followed that with a superlative triple Axel and a fine triple Lutz-triple toe. The reigning Four Continents champion earned a score of 81.15, good for a 1.79-point lead.

The second-place finisher was Ricky Dornbush. After beginning his "Sons of Italy" program with a fall on his quad Salchow, Dornbush recovered to land a triple Axel and, later, a triple Lutz-triple toe (-0.56 Grade of Execution). His straight line step sequence was easily the best of the event, earning a Level 4 and 1.26 GOE. The Californian came away with 79.36 points in the segment.

The other U.S. competitor in the field, Grant Hochstein, had a solid performance. Skating to Carmina Burana, he started with a shaky triple Lutz-triple toe. His subsequent triple Axel and triple flip landed in the second half of the program were both well done. The program also included three Level 4 spins, and he sits in third place with 72.92 points.

Pairs short program

Bazarova and Deputat scored 50.32 points for their "My Way" program to finish first in the four-team event. The Russians had their side-by-side triple toes downgraded and received just a Level 1 for their triple twist (-0.84 GOE).

U.S. team Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier placed second with a segment total of 46.94. Their short, performed to Andy Williams' "Speak Softly Love," was highlighted by their opening triple twist and Group 3 lift. However, the duo's triple Salchows were downgraded, and she fell on their throw triple loop.

Less than half a point behind the Americans are Bianca Manacorda and Niccolo Macii of Italy, who landed the only clean throw triple (flip) of the event.